At Downtown Value School, student learning takes place in a variety of ways. At any time during the day, visitors may observe teacher led instruction; individual, pair or small group projects; class or small group discussion; demonstrations by teacher or other students; and individual research activities, using both print media and electronic resources. One class may be participating in an art activity while another is learning to play the recorder. A teacher may be instructing students in physical education in the school yard or at the Toberman Park Recreation Center. Other students may be studying plants in the school garden.
There are two classes in each grade from K-8. Students gather in the yard every morning, and are led in the Pledge of Allegiance and Recitation of the Values at 7:55 a.m. Special announcements are often presented at this time. At 8:00 AM students report to their classrooms for academic instruction. The typical day includes instruction in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education, art and music.
Classes are self contained in grades K-5, although at some levels teachers may teach both classes of either science or social studies, depending on teacher's own interest level or strength. Classes in grades 6, 7, and 8 are departmentalized according to the areas of teachers' strengths and qualifications.
Students and teachers are respectful of others' ideas, backgrounds, property, and space. A general respect for rules and procedures is evident throughout the school. Students are engaged in the learning process, and accountable for their progress. Results of students' work are displayed in the classrooms and halls to celebrate learning and achievement at all levels.
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